Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: Business people interested in Optimal Performance and Effective Self- and Team-Management Tools; anyone interested in replacing negative habits, such as procrastination, with optimal performance techniques; anyone interested in a practical form of Mindfulness that focuses your attention in the moment and connects your limited sense of identity with a larger, stronger, wiser Self

Q: What is the book about?

A: Awaken Your Strongest Self is about putting you, your higher, human brain, and best self in charge of your life. This four step process shows you how to catch the typical, default reactions of your small ego so you can act and speak in ways that are congruent with your human, leadership brain instead of the impulsive survival mechanisms of your lower brains and out-dated coping mechanisms.

It expands your limited identity to include more of your inner consicous and subconscious resources, more of your brain-cell power (right hemisphere of the brain and left working in harmony), and a stronger, connected Self. In stage 4, you are your strongest Self, empowered by a protective role, perspective and voice that guides your life toward superior productivity, goal achievement, and integration around your higher values.

Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: Having survived life-threatening experiences in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne and with a “terminal” cancer diagnosis at the age of 32, I know what it feels like to get a “wake-up call” to what really matters in life. Since then I’ve been studying and interviewing survivors about the qualities gained from a life-threatening wake-up call to discover how to gain similar powers without the risk.

As a psychologist and a trainer of psychologists, I have developed methods for rapid change and Peak/Optimal Performance

[see reviews of The Now Habit at]. I have worked with people who need to perform under pressure–such as passing the State Bar Exam on the tenth try; Med Boards on 6th try– and have a 95% success rate with such clients even though they’ve failed before and only work with me for 3 to 5 sessions.

Boardroom Reports voted me one of their “Top Ten Self-help Gurus.”

Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: Other books advise and pressure your ego/consicous mind to try harder from its limited perspective and coping style. Awaken puts your higher, integrated Self and human brain in charge without the stress and overwhelm of struggling from a separated part of yourself. This book combines Peak Performance training and skills of athletes and musicians with the Martial Arts, Spiritual Practices, Neuro-Psyhology and Solution-Focused Therapies into a 4-step process that almost anyone can benefit from within 4 weeks.

Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Awaken Your Strongest Self will save readers years of psychotherapy bills and years of meditation because its practices lead to the results gained from therapy and meditation– to learn that you are more than your thoughts, emotions, and habits and that your higher Self and brain can be in charge of your actions and your life.

This book’s fourth step focuses on integrating all parts and all lower brains around your leadership goals and values, thus eliminating self-sabotage. Step four also uses an adapted version of the much researched NIH Stages of Habit Change to help readers avoid additonal failures and to deal with set-backs without losing the hard-won gains.